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Parish Nurse Program

Parish nursing is a unique branch of nursing that combines the physical and spiritual aspects of good health within a faith community.

Ballad Health parish nurses work with individual congregations to help people in religious communities improve their health, prevent illness and injury and ease suffering associated with any health crisis. .

The parish nurse acts as counselor, educator and healthcare provider by identifying needs of the congregation, coordinating health screenings, providing educational programs, supplying health literature and referring congregants to suportive health services where appropriate. Also, the parish nurse maintains an active visitation program to parishioners who are homebound, hospitalized or in nursing homes.

Currently, there are dozens of churches in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia that are serviced by the Ballad Health parish nurse program. For more information on parish nursing, please contact Lula Gray at (423) 431-3270 or lula.gray@balladhealth.org